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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director:

Stephen King

Writers:

Stephen King (film by), Stephen King (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... Bill Robinson
Pat Hingle ... Hendershot
Laura Harrington ... Brett
Yeardley Smith ... Connie
John Short John Short ... Curt
Ellen McElduff ... Wanda June
J.C. Quinn ... Duncan
Christopher Murney ... Camp Loman
Holter Graham ... Deke
Frankie Faison ... Handy
Pat Miller Pat Miller ... Joe
Jack Canon Jack Canon ... Max
Larry Parks Larry Parks ... Steve (as Barry Bell)
John Brasington John Brasington ... Frank
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... Andy
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Storyline

When Earth passes through the tail of Rea-M rogue comet, the machines come to life and start to kill mankind. A group of survivors is under siege from fierce trucks at the Dixie Boy truck stop gas station and they have to fight to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stephen King's masterpiece of terror directed by the master himself. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Overdrive See more »

Filming Locations:

Supply, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,205,644, 27 July 1986

Gross USA:

$7,433,663
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some trucks used in the movie were from local businesses and the actual names of the businesses remained on the trucks in the movie. See more »

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When Bill drops the live grenade on top of the M60 buggy, the ensuing explosion happens underneath it, instead of on top where the grenade is. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man At Cashpoint: Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an asshole.
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So Bad It's Worth Watching
6 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Maximum Overdrive (1985)

** (out of 4)

Stephen King made his directorial debut here and he hasn't yet gone back to the chair, which is a real shame. Not because he's got tremendous talent behind the camera but instead because he could have delivered so many more, campy, non-sense movies. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is as bad as it's reputation would have you believe but at the same time it enters the "so bad it's good" range because of how silly it all is. Based on King's short story 'Trucks,' what basically happens is a group of people are stranded inside a truck stop as the trucks outside start to take over the world and go on a killing rampage. This is the type of bad film that everyone should really check out because it's amazing to see how poorly the final product turned out to be. In recent years King has admitted that he didn't know what he was doing and that he was snorting cocaine at the time and perhaps this is why everything here doesn't make since. I think the original story has some major logic flaws but perhaps King just didn't explain them well enough here. I still think there are some very campy and outrageous moments that make this worth viewing and most of them happen early on as the machines start to come to life. There's a coke machine death sequence, which is just priceless and campy. Then we have a steam roller death, which I'm sure looked wonderful before the MPAA got a hold of it. While watching the film I kept wondering if there was any sort of point to any of this. The movie has a very bad pace and it really just seems to go on and on without anyone knowing where to stop it. I think taking out ten or so minutes probably would have also helped it. Seeing people like Emilio Estevez and Pat Hingle adds some charm but the majority of the characters are just annoying.


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